The Nigerian Navy has confirmed that a Chevron platform at Escravos, Delta State, was attacked on Wednesday night.

Naval Spokesman, Comdre Chris Ezekobe, said the attack occurred about 40 nautical miles from the Escravos terminal.

Ezekobe, who did not mention a group responsible for the attack, said the incident cut short gas and crude oil production.

But the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), claimed responsibility for the attack on the Chevron platform.

The group in an electronic statement signed by one ‘Col.’ Madoch Agbinibo, said at about 10:40pm on Wednesday its fighters blew up the Chevron valve platform.

The group said it was taking its fight off the creeks to Lagos and Abuja and advised oil firms not to rely on the country’s security.

The statement said: “This platform is the most significant platform for Chevron because it’s the main connecting point where all other platforms linked up and it’s a fulcrum to chevron BOP and the Chevron Tank farm. With the valve platform blown all Chevron’s activities are now halted.

“This is what we promised the Nigerian Government that since they refuse to listen to us, we are going to zero the economy of the country.

“As for zeroing the Nigerian economy, we the Niger Delta avengers is done with Delta State major oil installations. Now we are taking the fight out of the creeks to the Niger Delta. We are taking it to Abuja and Lagos now.

“We want to pass this message to the all international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Nigeria military can’t protect you facilities. They should talk to the federal government to meet our demands else more mishaps will befall their installations.”

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